2013 Notable Documents Awards

Deadline: May 24, 2013

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Notable Document Awards. The Notable Document Awards are sponsored by NCSL’s Legislative Research Librarians staff section (LRL). Winners will be announced at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, in August 2013.

The purpose of the awards is to:

  • Formally recognize excellence in documents that explore topics of contemporary interest to legislators and staff by presenting substantive material in an outstanding format.
  • Advertise the extensive range of information available to legislators and staff.
  • Increase participation by legislative research librarians in the States Information Network.
  • Encourage deposit of documents with NCSL and the Council of State Governments (CSG) by subject-appropriate publishing organizations.

The winning documents will be highlighted at the NCSL Legislative Summit and will be announced in the LRL Newsline and State Legislatures magazine.

Notable Document submissions will be judged on the criteria listed below. The document:

  • Clearly and prominently displays title, author, publisher, and date.
  • Contains a title that reflects actual content.
  • Appears relevant to identifiable readership.
  • Significantly contributes to knowledge of concern to legislators.
  • Is innovative in presentation of material.
  • Contains strong bibliographic/footnote entries.
  • Presents information accurately and clearly in an organized fashion.
  • Offers graphics that are readily grasped.
  • Was published within the last two years.
  • Compares state activities in an arena of contemporary legislative interest in a comprehensible manner.
  • Expands understanding of government processes, functions, or relationships.
  • Attempts to provide balance and perspective from various sides in the political spectrum.

Documents will be evaluated by the Notable Document Awards Committee, chaired by Elizabeth Lincoln of Minnesota. Committee members include Carol Blackburn of Minnesota, Ingrid Hernquist of New Jersey, and Frances Thomas of Louisiana.

There is no limit to the number of titles you can nominate, but please submit a separate nomination form for each document. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. Documents should be submitted using the electronic form and sent via email with either a link to an online version or with an attached PDF version of the document.

A "document" for purposes of this award is defined as one produced by a federal, state, or local government agency, by a foundation, consulting firm, or quasi-public or private sector non-profit organization. Format includes print, microfilm, CD-ROM, periodical/serial, or URL.

To submit documents, please use the electronic or printable Notable Documents Awards forms listed above. For more information, contact LRL liaison Jeanne Mejeur or call 303-856-1467.